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Hare coursing shamed again as SIX GREYHOUNDS have tested positive for banned substances at the National Coursing Meeting.

category international | animal rights | opinion/analysis author Tuesday April 08, 2014 09:01author by Abolish Hare Coursing in Ireland Report this post to the editors

Irish greyhound industry in turmoil...

The news that six greyhounds that participated in this year’s National Hare Coursing Festival have tested positive for banned substances can be offered as yet further evidence of the true nature of live hare coursing.

Greyhound and hare alike are cruelly ill-treated in coursing
Greyhound and hare alike are cruelly ill-treated in coursing

In addition to being a cruel blood sport, the whole practice of live hare coursing in Ireland is steeped in corruption and illegality.

The fact that the dogs were doped at what is hailed annually as the “showpiece coursing event” of the season adds another sinister dimension to an already discredited activity that many jurisdictions, including Britain and Northern Ireland, have outlawed.

The question arises: If testing for illegal substances were carried out at all the smaller hare coursing events leading up the Grand Final that is the National Coursing Meeting, what might emerge in terms of further damning evidence of malpractice?
Campaigners against hare coursing hope the Gardai and/or the Department of Agriculture will now conduct their own investigations into this scandal, separate from the internal Irish Coursing Club (ICC) inquiry. Doping of greyhounds can be in breach of the Misuse of Drugs Act or Section 11 of the Animal Welfare Act 2013, or both Acts.

Snatching hares from their natural home in the countryside, confining them for weeks in enclosures-a totally unnatural situation for them- and then forcing them to run from dogs in a wired off field or park...is bad enough without also subjecting the dogs to a cruel, greed-motivated practise that can result in heart attacks or permanent damage to their central nervous systems.

Hare coursing is often defended and romanticised as a wonderful bucolic “sport” that resonates with nature when it is anything but that, and the use of drugs to enhance the performance of greyhounds is as far removed from that idyllic image as one can get.

In the light of these latest revelations, TDs and Senators to take a closer look at this activity- hare coursing- that the Oireachtas voted to have exempted from prohibition under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.

The Department of Agriculture consider requesting the ICC (Irish Coursing Club) to extend drug testing of greyhounds to ALL hare coursing events, or, if it refuses to do so, that the Department initiate its own drug testing at these events.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrU088Qz3RI

Related Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el8RIHTQA_U

Protest...The Gentle Hare has friends as well as enemies...
Protest...The Gentle Hare has friends as well as enemies...

Friends of the Irish Hare...
Friends of the Irish Hare...

Coursing apologists THIS "benefits" the Irish Hare.
Coursing apologists THIS "benefits" the Irish Hare.

author by Truth seekerpublication date Tue Apr 08, 2014 19:30Report this post to the editors

No wonder people with cameras get kicked out of hare coursing events (see link below) ...now we see they have LOTS to hide, not just cruelty to hares that are mauled and batterred by the blooded dogs. The dogs are ill treated too. Doped to make them run faster and a shovel across the back of the head and a shallow grave if they don't perform.

Related Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrU088Qz3RI
author by Odd priorities...publication date Tue Apr 15, 2014 19:14Report this post to the editors


Labour senator condemns doping in coursing...but not hare coursing itself!

http://www.labour.ie/press/2014/04/11/authorities-must-...stry/

Hare coursing cruelty
Hare coursing cruelty

Will the Irish Labour Party not speak out, and campaign against, this as its UK counterpart has done?
Will the Irish Labour Party not speak out, and campaign against, this as its UK counterpart has done?

Related Link: http://www.banbloodsports.com
 
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